Bengaluru: More than 80 labourers working on the Nagavara-Gottigere lane of Namma Metro phase two, have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), raising another sharp alarm in the Karnataka capital.

This development has brought the metro construction work to a halt. The outbreak came to light after one of the employees, who travelled from outside Karnataka, tested positive for the viral infection.

As a result, over 200 workers working at the metro construction site were subjected to COVID-19 test by the contractor, Larsen and Toubro (L&T), that has undertaken the metro project.

All the positive patients have been shifted to COVID care centres, an official with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) confirmed.

He added that all standard operating procedures and safety guidelines were being followed at the construction site and at the labour camp situated nearby, where the workers were staying.

Notably, the Karnataka government has imposed a week-long complete lockdown in the urban and rural districts on Bengaluru from tonight (July 14) at 8 pm till 5 am on July 22.

Shops selling essentials including milk, groceries and vegetables, would be permitted to open from 5 am to 12 pm in the city and outskirts during this period, the government orders stated.